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Program of Meetings and Special Events

Our monthly Program meetings take place October through May, the first Tuesday of the month (unless noted otherwise) beginning with refreshments at 6:30pm at the Historical Society. Please note the earlier start time. These programs are open to the public.

Special Event - Downton Exeter: Everyday Life at the Turn of the Century

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 7:00pm


Tickets are $20 for members
$25 for non-members
(Ticket price includes light refreshments.)


Travel behind the scenes at the Exeter Historical Society to explore everyday life at the turn of the century through a close and unique look at the archival holdings.


The Perry and Dudley families lived at 14 Front Street from 1814 to the 1930s. Their family artifacts were left to the Society and provide an intimate view of life in Exeter.


Join Curator Barbara Rimkunas as she guides you on a journey from the horse and buggy days into the 20th century through this and other collections.


Visit our shop to purchase tickets online, or mail a check made out to the Exeter Historical Society to PO Box 924, Exeter, NH 03833. 

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Holiday Open House

Decemeber 1, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30pm 

                                                                                           Join us for food, sociability and holiday cheer!


       To offset the cost of hosting our programs, there is a $5 suggested donation for not-yet members. 


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Margaret Bourke-White: Courageous Photographer
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January 5, 2016, 7:00pm


In this first-person program, Sally Matson portrays photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. Letters and tender WWII-era V-mails found at Syracuse University form the basis for this living history program. This program is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council (NHHC).


Gilmancestry: How Can a Genealogy Hobby Help Inform Your View of Local History?

February 2, 2016, 7:00pm


What can we learn about broader local and macro historical questions by focusing upon well-defined, smaller objects in history, such as the individuals and family units in our family trees? In this illustrated presentation, Greg Gilman explores genealogy as microhistory, through the lens of one branch of the Gilman family which first appeared in Exeter in the 1640s.


To offset the cost of hosting our programs, there is a $5 suggested donation for not-yet members.



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New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality
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March 1, 2016, 7:00pm


Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of the state a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. In this program, Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school, noting that while revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. Presented in conjunction with the Exeter Public Library, this program is sponsored by the NHHC. 

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